We are approaching the two year anniversary of when Joaquin Luna Jr., (undocumented DREAM Act student) took his life because he felt he had no hope. Mexican Americans have a DREAM Act poster child and his name is Joaquin Luna Jr. whom we hope is interceding in heaven on behalf of legal comprehensive immigration reform.
If you are wondering why there may be a bit of a mournful spirit in the air — it is because many are remembering their loved ones during the beginning of November with regard to El Dia de los Muertos. While some folks post a photo or two via social network pages regarding the Day of the Dead, the Mexican community takes the Day of the Dead very seriously to remember their loved ones with prayer that begins on October 31 through November 2.
An event in memory of Joaquin will take place at the Garden of Angels Cemetery in Mission, Texas, and we are still awaiting an official response by the Public Affairs for United States Border Patrol in Texas with regard to agents patrolling within cemetery grounds where he is laid to rest. I believe it is distasteful for border patrol agents to disturb those who mourn, and the burial ground situation reminds me of what occured with regard to the Longoria affair and when an American veteran (of Mexican descent) of the U.S. Armed Forces fought for burial rights. According to the Texas State Historical Association, “The controversy surrounding the burial of Felix Longoria provided a successful case for the American G. I. Forumqv, a civil rights organization for Mexican Americans, to fight racial discrimination with political pressure. In 1948 the remains of Private Felix Longoria of Three Rivers, Texas, were recovered from the Philippines, where he had been killed on a volunteer mission during the last days of World War II. His body was shipped home for burial in the Three Rivers cemetery, where the “Mexican” section was separated by barbed wire. The director of the funeral home would not allow the use of the chapel because of alleged disturbances at previous Mexican-American services and because “the whites would not like it.” ”
Here are the details sent to me by Nina Hinojosa with regard to El Dia de los Muertos Joaquin Luna Jr. event:
“El Día de los Muertos” this Saturday November 2, 2013 at Garden of Angels Cemetery in Mission, Tx @ 10:30am there will be a ceremony in memory of all Who rest here including my beloved Brother Joaquin Luna, Jr. For Who ever wants to accompany us or if they have a loved one resting here bring a photo to place in the altar.